Team India’s all rounder Hardik Pandya accused of bringing valuable watches worth Rs. 5 crore from UAE where world cup tournament took place without proper invoice. The two watches have been confiscated by customs officials on his arrival in India late on Sunday night which is 14th of November.
Reports suggests that the incident took place while team India were returning home after having a disappointing tour at UAE due to their poor performance in the ICC T20 world cup tournament in men’s category.
After the team landed in airport, officials found Hardik in possession of two luxurious watches worth Rs. 5 crores. The all rounder who is representing Mumbai Indians in the ongoing IPL tournament didn’t have invoices for the expensive watches, says reports. He also didn’t declare those watches as customs items which landed him in trouble.
It is notable that Hardik Pandya is known for his love for watches and has some of the world’s most expensive watches in his collection. His collection includes Patek Philippe Nautilus Platinum 5711, cost of which is around Rs. 5 crore, according to Zee News.
The watch sports 32 baguette-cut emeralds and is entirely forged in platinum. The 5711 model serves as hour markers and gets a self winding automatic movement. Hardik flaunted the watch through his official Instagram handle in August month while the IPL tournament was entering the second leg in UAE.
It is also notable that his brother Krunal Pandya detained in Mumbai airport while returning from Dubai last year. He was suspected of possessing undisclosed gold and other valuables. Krunal was found in possession of Gold worth INR 1 crore and some undisclosed luxury watches. The case was transferred to Airport customs as it was a non-recurring type.
The news about Hardik possessing the expensive watch is trending in Internet with various kind of reactions. Check out some of them below :
Imagine if that Rs 5 Cr watch belonged to Mohammed Shami or Siraj, the secularism would have been in danger by now. #HardikPandya has saved the secular fabric of this country 😇— Panthil (@PanthilTweets) November 16, 2021
Hardik Pandya caught with two watches worth 5 cr.— GD Bakshi (@GDBakshi2) November 16, 2021
Earning 1 cr is dream of hockey players
Earning 1 cr is dream of football players
Earning 1 cr is dream of tennis players
Earning 1 cr is dream of athletes
CRICKET has ruined all other sports.#HardikPandya
It has happened again! Krunal was caught last year by customs for similar offence, Watch and Gold smuggling. This time it's #HardikPandya – looks like it's a family of Watch Smugglers, and serial offenders. Such an offender should be representing India? @PMOIndia @BCCI pic.twitter.com/EjPfjmEXWa— Ravindra Bangar (@bangar_bangar) November 15, 2021
Reacting to the memes, trolls and reports that are surfacing against him, Hardik Pandya came up with a public note, clarifying about the same. Through his post, the cricketer said that he voluntarily submitted his belongings to the customs officials and is ready to pay for the proper valuations. He said that he lawfuly purchased those items from Dubai and was ready to pay for whatever duties that needed to be paid off.
The cricketer also confirmed that the watches didn’t worth Rs. 5 crore but Rs. 1.5 crore. Check oout his press statement below :
Hardik Pandya hasn’t named in the upcoming t20 squad of India with New Zealand which is set to commence from 17th of November. Hardik also displayed a poor performance in the world cup tournament as he scored just 69 runs in the entire tournament.